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Winter May Be Over, but a Killer Still Lurks

Life safety advocates have a lot to celebrate this year.  Since the beginning of 2009, at least two states (Colorado and Montana) have enacted laws that seek to protect residents and tourists from the dangers posed by carbon monoxide poisoning and another (Washington) is poised to do so in the next few weeks.  California, Oregon, and New Hampshire also are on track to adopt laws this year to require the installation of CO detection devices in various residential and commercial occupancies.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an insidious, "silent killer." High concentrations of CO - which is produced when fossil fuel is incompletely burned - can cause cognitive impairment, loss of consciousness, coma, and even death.  Thankfully, CO detection devices are a cost-effective, reliable way to protect people from CO poisoning.  Approximately 20 states and over 50 local/municipal jurisdictions require their installation in homes, commercial lodging and other dwellings.

If you don't have a CO alarm/detector in your home, think about investing in one - winter may be fading away and you may have turned off your furnace, but there are other sources of carbon monoxide. CO is an indiscriminate assassin - don't let it come after you and your family.

Posted 04-29-2009 9:00 AM by Sarah Owen
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Leslie | JRS Medical wrote re: Winter May Be Over, but a Killer Still Lurks
on 05-02-2009 5:35 PM

I am so glad Colorado signed this into act.  The Lofgren and Johnson Families Carbon Monoxide Safety Act, which goes into effect July 1, 2009 requires that carbon mo­­noxide alarms be installed on each floor of new and for-sale residential properties. Alarms also must be installed in rental properties that become vacant and will be rented again. The law is named after five Colorado residents who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in the past six months.

It's good that the state governments are finally getting the ball rolling on this.

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